Past Alerts: Update on Will Foster -- DRCNet Helps Get Action! Oregon MJ Recrim -- Last Chance to Act! 7/2/97

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WILL FOSTER: HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF? D-R-C-N-e-t!! As many of you remember, Will Foster is the 38 year-old father of three, Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer/med mj user who was sentenced to 93 years (THAT'S NINETY-THREE YEARS!!!) in prison by the state of Oklahoma for the cultivation of his medicine. Transferred by the overcrowded OK correctional system (we need not wonder why it is overcrowded) to a facility in Texas, (400 miles from his family in Tulsa,) Mr. Foster was not receiving adequate (read: any) medical treatment for his painful and worsening condition. DRCNet members (among others) wrote to the Governor of Oklahoma and to the media to express their outrage that Will, a man with no history of violence, already sentenced to serve a draconian sentence for his choice of medicine, would have his right against cruel and unusual punishment violated by the withholding of treatment and medication. Yesterday (June 30), DRCNet received a call from Will's wife Meg, informing us that due to (in her opinion) public outcry and increased media attention, Will's health has suddenly become a priority to his jailers. This week, Will has been given two prescriptions for his condition, is scheduled to have his hideously swollen ankle drained, and was asked to sign a release so that the state could get his prior medical records. Meg, Will and their children would like to thank DRCNet's Rapid Response Network for their continued support and activism, and so we pass along their thanks to you. Will's appeal is in the works and the Fosters still need our support. For those of you who would like more information, please visit the Will Foster web site at You can also read about the plight of the Foster family in REASON Magazine's "Pot of Trouble" by DRCNet's own Adam J. Smith. (May, 1997.) It's on-line at

OREGON RECRIMINALIZATION LEGISLATION: In Oregon, the marijuana recriminalization bill, HB 3643, has passed both houses and is in the hands of Governor John Kitzhaber, MD. DRCNet urges all of our Rapid Response Network members (especially Oregonians) to call the Governor at 503-378- 3111, or fax him at 503-378-4863, no later than noon, Thursday, July 3 and tell him that stiffer penalties for personal-use amounts of mj are neither warranted nor are they socially or economically wise. If you have friends or family in Oregon, please pass this message along. You might even suggest that they subscribe to the DRCNet Rapid Response Network by visiting our "quick-signup" form at or by sending e-mail to [email protected], including their name and state.

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Issue #1, 7/2/97 Last Week's Alerts: Government Fires Opening Salvo in War on Internet Reform Activities: DRCNet Members Respond! | Past Alerts: Update on Will Foster -- DRCNet Helps Get Action! Oregon MJ Recrim -- Last Chance to Act! | Web Site News: New Home Page, New Sections on Drug-Related AIDS, Prisoners of the Drug War, Action Alert Archives | Link of the Week: A chance to fill out a Drug Warrior survey! | Employment: Two new job opportunities in the movement!
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